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Old 09-24-2009, 06:41 AM   #1546
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well ive now got over 500 miles on my new to me xr400 and im loving it. tuesday morning i left the Detroit area in search of trails. MY buddy lives up in Traverse city now and rides a xr600 so after a long trip "up north" i was ready for some dirt. and a new seat. 280 miles on pavement went by with no problems. we did a little trail riding and fire roads tuesday night, and yesterday we took off for the whole day. We rode on every thing, from sandy two track to tight single track and at one point the road turned into a creek (well it ended at a creek but "dead end" means nothing) but that was a new surface to ride on so i kept going

Over all im very happy with the 400. my only problem so far has been when she gets real warm the trans gets very clunky and 4th gear is not to happy. every now and than it would pop out of fourth right after i shift. I need to adjust the clutch before we head out to the orv trails today but any help would be great. any one else have this happen after a long day of riding? this did not start untill well after 8 hours on the bike.
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Old 09-24-2009, 07:22 AM   #1547
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What mirrors and mounts did you use?

Thanks.

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Thought I better post a pic since I was braggin' about my new ride.



She is loaded with extras and runs like a top. It has a lowering link which I kinds like with a 30" inseam. It starts right up 1st or 2nd kick when cold and 1st when warm. I even tipped her over hot for a couple of minutes to flood it and it still started 1st kick. I had a '98 XR400 a couple of years ago with a pumper carb that didnt start this easy. I guess good jetting, valves spot on and idle turned up a bit is key.

I am going to take her out for some flogging later this month and have 2 multi-day dirt only trips planned in September.

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Old 09-24-2009, 07:36 AM   #1548
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Hey all-

Does any know of a source for a lowering link on the rear suspension for the XR400? I really like the bike, but its awfully high in the rear.

Thanks
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:58 AM   #1549
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I have another question about used 400's for you XR gurus.

Should the front sprocket be tight on the shaft coming out of the transmission?
I looked at a bike last week, the front sprocket wiggled on the shaft, there was also a rusty residue at the area where the sprocket interfaced with the shaft. To me, that did not seem correct.
How should the sprocket fit upon the shaft?

Thanks for your time.
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Mine has a little play, but not much. Pull it off and make sure the output splines are not showing signs of wear. After washing down the bike from a ride put a little shot of WD40 on sprocket to disperse any water and "lube" it. WD on the chain is up to you, and depends on the chain you are running. I have heard arguments for and against it.

As a point of reference, a buddy of mine managed to strip the splines on his 300ex. Rather than crack the case, he opted to weld on a steel sprocket and address the issue when the engine needed a complete overhaul. Been like that for over 6 years (and a few thousand miles) now.
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Old 09-24-2009, 12:18 PM   #1550
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Hey all-

Does any know of a source for a lowering link on the rear suspension for the XR400? I really like the bike, but its awfully high in the rear.

Thanks
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Old 09-24-2009, 04:14 PM   #1551
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Lowering Link

Try:

http://www.koubalink.com/XR250-400.html

or

http://www.devolracing.com/58in-Lowe...Red_p_472.html



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Hey all-

Does any know of a source for a lowering link on the rear suspension for the XR400? I really like the bike, but its awfully high in the rear.

Thanks
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:42 AM   #1552
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Old 09-25-2009, 04:02 PM   #1553
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XRSonly have one. I am only 5'5" and I liked the way the bike handles the only problem I had (aside from starting it) was when I came to a stop. Make sure the sag is set for you that helps a lot. The link lowered it about 3/4 to an inch. Lowered the front enough to compensate for the change. Lower but didn't like the way it handled. Took out the link and gutted the seat. Put in closed cell foam that followed the contour of the seat pan instead of going level tank to tail. Can get on the balls of my feet and the bike feels great. You stand up more than you sit down on the bike anyway.
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Hey all-

Does any know of a source for a lowering link on the rear suspension for the XR400? I really like the bike, but its awfully high in the rear.

Thanks
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Old 09-26-2009, 09:18 PM   #1554
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well ive now got over 500 miles on my new to me xr400 and im loving it. tuesday morning i left the Detroit area in search of trails. MY buddy lives up in Traverse city now and rides a xr600 so after a long trip "up north" i was ready for some dirt. and a new seat. 280 miles on pavement went by with no problems. we did a little trail riding and fire roads tuesday night, and yesterday we took off for the whole day. We rode on every thing, from sandy two track to tight single track and at one point the road turned into a creek (well it ended at a creek but "dead end" means nothing) but that was a new surface to ride on so i kept going

Over all im very happy with the 400. my only problem so far has been when she gets real warm the trans gets very clunky and 4th gear is not to happy. every now and than it would pop out of fourth right after i shift. I need to adjust the clutch before we head out to the orv trails today but any help would be great. any one else have this happen after a long day of riding? this did not start untill well after 8 hours on the bike.


change your oil?? or use diffrent??
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:50 AM   #1555
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Slab

I find that my bike is good around town but Straining on the Highway. Are you using the recommended plug for extended high speed riding then switching for dirt. You might consider switching sprockets too. How is your oil level. Did you check it Post Slab? Hopefully you have a clutch to adjust.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:52 AM   #1556
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Hey Mullet,
Lowering link on ebay now.
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Hey all-

Does any know of a source for a lowering link on the rear suspension for the XR400? I really like the bike, but its awfully high in the rear.

Thanks
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #1557
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Compression Lever?

Just picked up a 03 xr400. Pretty much mint condition. Was a little concerned on purchase (coming off of a xr650L) in that it didn't feel like it had a whole lot of compression. The decompression lever seems to do nothing so I'm thinking that the automatic decompression is what is doing it?

Anyone have any insight on this? Maybe I just haven't had a kick start bike in a while but it sure is easy to kick. Starts and runs great...

Picked it up on Friday, put 50mi of hard trails on it. Everything else seems brand new.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:21 PM   #1558
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I have a new in box lowering link I bought from xrs only for my xr650l that i never installed Just picked up a xr400 for trails so I don't need it for the 650 as it will be a road queen now....

Pretty sure it's the same fit but if you check on that I'm sure we can work something out.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:25 PM   #1559
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Just picked up a 06 xr400. Pretty much mint condition. Was a little concerned on purchase (coming off of a xr650L) in that it didn't feel like it had a whole lot of compression. The decompression lever seems to do nothing so I'm thinking that the automatic decompression is what is doing it?

Anyone have any insight on this? Maybe I just haven't had a kick start bike in a while but it sure is easy to kick. Starts and runs great...

Picked it up on Friday, put 50mi of hard trails on it. Everything else seems brand new.
You may want to check the VIN because I'm pretty sure the XR400 was discontinued in 2005.
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Old 09-27-2009, 07:29 PM   #1560
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You may want to check the VIN because I'm pretty sure the XR400 was discontinued in 2005.
Ooops, it's a 2003
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